DIANI Living is rooted in beautiful interiors and well-crafted home and lifestyle pieces (just take a look inside our store), but what really inspires us is connecting with fellow female entrepreneurs. To celebrate creative women and their talents, we are excited to announce our new Pillow Talk series, which features a fun and intimate Q&A with the women that inspire us.
To kick things off, we visited Sacramento Street blogger and interior designer Caitlin Flemming inside her newly refreshed, DIANI Living-inspired bedroom, where we talked career success, work-life balance and sleep rituals.
When you were in school, what was your favorite subject and what did you want to “grow up” to be?
As a little girl I dreamed of being a travel photographer. We traveled quite a bit for my dads work in conservation that took us to remote places around the world. Capturing the places we went to was how I was able to connect with each place. In college, I was drawn immediately to my entrepreneurship class. The fact that I could pave my own way and journey was intriguing.
What contributed to your goal of becoming the taste maker businesswoman that you are today?
Since a young age I’ve had this entrepreneurial spirit. My parents have always told me to follow my heart and do what I love. I remember them saying “you only live once, don’t waste it doing what you don’t love.”
What do you think is the single most important ingredient to success?
Hard work and a positive attitude.
What’s the most challenging part of your professional life?
Right now things are changing so quickly. In social media you have to be at the pulse of what is happening. In interior design it’s become more challenging because clients have access to everything via the internet.
Which female entrepreneurs do you admire?
We currently live in a time where women are taking initiative and paving their own way. What I love most about this day and age is the fact that we can create our own path. There have been many that had a huge influence on me – one that had the largest impact was Erica Tanov who I worked for in college and who mentored me. She truly brought out the creative spirit I now have.
How to you try to manage your work/life balance?
There is no right way to manage being a mom, a wife and a business owner. I’m constantly putting on many hats throughout the day. Some days are easy and others I feel like a hurricane is going off in my head and I’m not doing any role perfectly.
What’s the biggest gift you give yourself to recharge?
Honestly, an hour Pilates class or a long walk with a girlfriend or kids is all I need. Being in nature always helps me think about what’s truly important in life.
What’s the first thing you do after you wake up?
Make my husband and I a cup of tea.
What’s the last thing you do before bed?
Go into each kid’s room to say goodnight even when they are sleeping.
Any sleep rituals that you use to help quiet the mind after a long day?
Technology off at 9pm. It’s helped me unwind from a long day of work and life as a mom.
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What do you love most about your bed?
The layers. I love linens and pillows. I’m obsessed with switching up my bed linens each season for the different temperatures. In the summer we have to add layers because of our foggy nights!
How do you make your bedroom a sacred space?
It’s a serene space. I believe that your bedroom should be calming and quiet all the noise in your head. The neutral palate makes it feel like a little oasis from how hectic our days can be.
What do you see yourself doing next to express yourself professionally?
Writing a book. It’s been a lifelong dream to work with my mom on writing a book. We are currently photographing homes around the world and I can’t wait to show everyone the final product!
What is something you’ve accomplished personally or professionally that you never dreamed possible for yourself?
This book. We went through years of what to write about and I was always worried that a publisher wouldn’t understand our vision. Luckily one did!
Thank you Caitlin, we wish you all the best in your new endeavors!
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